Two-time Maryland-bred champion Street Lute was the highest-selling Maryland-bred offering at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale held Jan. 8-11 in Lexington, Ky.
The 6-year-old daughter of Street Magician, consigned by Hidden Brook as agent, sold to R. Larry Johnson for $200,000 as a broodmare prospect. Bred by Tom and Chris Bowman and their son Brooke, Street Lute was originally purchased for $10,500 at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale by John Robb, who trained her for Lucky 7 Stables. She enjoyed great success on the track, retiring with a record of 10-3-6 from 27 starts while earning $671,530. As a 2-year-old in 2020, she won five of six starts, four stakes, including the Smart Halo and the Gin Talking against open company, and lost the Maryland Million Lassie by a neck. She was subsequently named Maryland-bred champion 2-year-old filly.
As a 3-year-old in 2021, Street Lute turned in another impressive campaign. She won four stakes, including against older runners in the Tax Free Shopping Distaff at Delaware Park, was stakes-placed in three others in her 10 starts and voted champion Maryland-bred 3-year-old filly. Twice stakes-placed last year, her final start was a fifth-place effort in the Tax Free Shopping Distaff in September.
Street Lute is one of three winners from as many foals to race for the Midnight Lute mare Alottalute, who is also the dam of multiple stakes winner Alottahope (Editorial). The family includes millionaire Texcess.
Two other Maryland-bred broodmare prospects fetched six figures. Grade 1-placed Divine Huntress sold for $170,000 to Clearsky Farm, agent, from the Bluewater Sales LLC consignment. Bred by the Bowmans, Rick Buckley and Joshua Dreiband, the 5-year-old daughter of Country Life Farm’s Divining Rod won three times in her 10-race career, including the 2022 Miss Disco Stakes, finished second in the Acorn-G1, and earned $255,045. Her dam Thrill Seeker (by Housebuster) is a half-sister to Aggadan, a multiple stakes winner and Grade 1-placed earner of $860,406, and to the dam of multiple stakes winner Sonny Inspired, from the family of five-time stakes winner and multiple track record setter Forry Cow How.
Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, Juror Number Four sold for $110,000 to SF Bloodstock. The 6-year-old daughter of Into Mischief was bred by Classic Thoroughbred XXIX and retired with a career record of 5-5-4 and earnings of $283,044 from 25 starts. She was stakes-placed three times in her career, including a second to Street Lute in the 2020 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship. Her dam Tasha’s Moon, by Malibu Moon, is a half-sister to international stakes winners Consigliere and Esmeraldina.
The highest-priced Maryland-bred yearling was a filly by Bolt d’Oro out of the winning Strong Mandate mare Jennemily. Bred by Country Life Farm and Jennemily LLC and consigned by Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent, for Country Life, she sold for $120,000 to Castleton Way. Jennemily, a half-sister to stakes winner Dontmesawithme, sold for $60,000 to Country Life, in foal to Bolt d’Oro, at last January’s Keeneland sale; the filly is her first foal.
Also going through the ring was three-time Maryland-bred champion Field Pass, as a racing or stallion prospect. The millionaire, a winner of 10 of 36 starts, including nine stakes wins, five graded, while racing through age 6 last year, sold for $50,000 to Ahmad Alabdullatif, agent. Bred by Mark Brown Grier and campaigned by Three Diamonds Farm, Field Pass recorded his most recent win in the Find Stakes at Laurel Park last August. The son of Lemon Drop Kid is out of the Runaway Groom mare Only Me, whose only other foal to race is stakes-winning $565,772-earner You Must Chill.
Of the 27 Maryland-breds who went through the ring, 24 sold, with 21 selling in the ring and three post-sale. They grossed $928,000, good for an average price of $38,667 and a median of $13,500. These numbers are up from last year, when 13 Maryland-breds sold for a total of $343,200.